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Outdoor events

Summer Holiday at the Tank Museum

22nd July-3rd September 2017

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Enjoy six weeks of explosive action. With Tank in Action displays every weekday, free family trails, daily vehicle rides, lots of family activities and tonnes of fun!

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To the Beach and Beyond

22nd July-3rd September 2017

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Studland Beach

Address: Swanage, BH19

Take on the Studland summer of sport challenge and enjoy the free family fun activities taking place every day of the school holiday on the beach.

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Mervyn Cole’s Family Fun Show

24th July-31st August 2017

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Also 28 July, 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 31 August. A fun family show featuring jokes, magic tricks, puppets, balloons and giggles for all visitors.

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The High Dive Show at Crealy

24th July-2nd September 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Crealy’s all-new High Dive Show, an event direct from the USA, that is set to wow the crowds on Mondays to Saturdays during the school holiday. Takes place three times daily. Call 01395

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Rockpool Rambles and My Wild Summer

27th July-3rd September 2017

Venue: Seaton Jurassic

Address: The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD

Website: www.seatonjurassic.org

Go on a guided rockpool adventure to explore what lives beneath the waves. Visit website for individual dates and times - booking required. Plus, enjoy a host of extra special activities to make this summer...

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Summer Breeze on the Quay

27th July-31st August 2017

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Every Thursday until 31 August. Enjoy live music, varied street entertainment, activities for all the family and special themed nights, and a spectacular fireworks finale at 10 pm.

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Tudor Adventure

1st-28th August 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Take a step back in time and seek out voyages of discovery, musical revolution, espionage and intrigue. Discover more about the plot to install Mary Queen of Scots on the throne, playwrights and war. Call...

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Hands On History

3rd-24th August 2017

Time: 1- 4pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.co.uk

Also 10, 17 and 24 August. Visitors will have the chance to get up close to objects and learn about the archaeology, natural history and social history of Poole.

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Bug Hunt at Arne

7th-28th August 2017

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Venue: Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Near Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Also 14, 21 and 28 August. Track down spiders, reptiles, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies – in fact, anything that moves - and some stuff that doesn’t - on dry land and in the ponds at the reserve....

Theatre & Cinema

Summer Youth Theatre School

12th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

An 8-day Summer School giving children an energetic, fun-filled time, learning songs and routines from a variety of well-known West End and Broadway musicals and then an opportunity to perform in a show.

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Wonderland

15th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

An enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It is a touching story of love and an adventurous exploration of who we want to be...

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Coastal Orienteering Fun Day

17th-17th August 2017

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Steamer Point

Address: Penny Way, Christchurch, BH23 4TA

Try the fantastic sport of orienteering – it’s a perfect activity for families. Practice navigation and problem solving skills whilst exercising together. This fun filled day is suitable for all ages...

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Fun in the Stream

17th-17th August 2017

Time: 10am to 12 noon

Venue: Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Enjoy a morning of splashing about in the stream. Go stream dipping, build a mini-raft and construct a dam. Wear shoes and clothing suitable for getting wet, wellies recommended. Booking required. Cost:...

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Paw Patrol Chase and Skye visit Adventure Wonderland

17th-17th August 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

The heroic pups, police pup Chase and fearless Skye, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” will be visiting their fans at intervals throughout the day. See them at 10:15, 1

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Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

18th-18th August 2017

Time: From 10pm

Venue: Bournemouth Pier

Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Website: www.bournmeouth.co.uk

Also 25 August. Be dazzled by a fantastic firework display in the skies above Bournemouth.

Theatre & Cinema

Outdoor Theatre: The Lost World

18th-18th August 2017

Time: 7pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Follow the story about the intrepid explorers as they travel to an unexplored plateau and find flora and fauna beyond their wildest dreams. Booking essential - Call 01929 481924.

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Bridport Carnival

19th-20th August 2017

Venue: Bridport

Address: DT6 3RG

Website: www.westbay.co.uk

A fun packed carnival including a grand procession and fun fair. Also, there will be a traditional Sunday evening torchlight parade from Bridport to West Bay.

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Christchurch Carnival

19th-20th August 2017

Venue: The Quay

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1BY

Website: www.christchurchcarnival.co.uk

A two-day carnival extravaganza. Includes a carnival parade through Christchurch’s streets, and a series of display and fun activities on the Quay. Plus, music events, a funfair and a free firework display...

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Fleet Lagoon Seaweed Explorer

19th-19th August 2017

Time: 11am to 12:30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Did you know that you put seaweed in your mouth every day? Learn fascinating facts, how to identify seaweeds and have fun pressing them. Cost: Children £2. Call 01305 206191.

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Terrace Tales: Smuggling Tales with Pirate Polly

19th-19th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Terrace

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Pirate Polly has a tiny ship in a bottle but how did it get there and what is the story behind it? Exciting seasonal storytelling event for under 6’s to attend with their families. A free

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Buckham Fair

20th-20th August 2017

Venue: Beaminster

Address: DT8 3SH

Website: www.buckhamfair.co.uk

A great, old-fashioned vintage fair raising money for local charities. Featuring a fun fair, a heavy horse show, a dog show, a craft tent, an artisan village and much more. Admission - £7 and children...

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

20th-20th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix. Call 01395 233200.

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Fossil Hunting Walk

21st-21st August 2017

Time: From 10am

Venue: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Address: Lower Sea Lane, Bridport, DT6 6LL

A two-hour session including a talk about rocks and fossils. Then head to the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils. Call 01297 560772.

Step back in time at Poole Museum

21st-22nd August 2017

Time: 11am - 3pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Website: http://www.poolemuseum.co.uk/

Step back in Time Step back in time every Monday and Tuesday throughout August with our free historically themed activities. Between 11am and 3pm an experienced team of activity leaders and re-enactors...

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Rockpool Ramble

22nd-22nd August 2017

Time: 12pm to 1.30pm

Venue: Broad Ledge

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore and find out how they live, what they love and what they eat for lunch. This event is suitable for any age and lasts for 1½ hours. Booking essential -...

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Guided Rockpool Ramble

23rd-23rd August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Fine Foundation Marine Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PE

Wander along the beach to discover what fascinating seashore wildlife you can find. Cost: £3 per adult, £2 per child. This event is weather dependent – call 01929 481044.

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Melplash Show

24th-24th August 2017

Venue: West Bay Road

Address: Bridport, DT6 4EG

Website: www.melplashshow.co.uk

One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the area. With livestock displays, the Stampede Stunt Company display, show jumping, cookery demonstrations, over 300 trade stands, a fun fair and much...

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Mini Beast Safari

24th-24th August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Durlston Learning Centre

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Go on safari in the meadows and hunt for one of Britain's biggest insects. Cost: £3. Booking essential. Please mention Primary Times when ringing. Call 01929 424443.

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Bizzy the Blenny' Seashore Discovery

25th-25th August 2017

Time: 2pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Discover the hidden world of the Fleet Lagoon, finding the different characters from the book, like Nina the Shore Crab and Polly the Prawn. Booking required. Call 01305 206191.

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Melon Madness

26th-28th August 2017

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the summer bank holiday weekend, every child that enters the park with a melon for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge. Call 01929 462487.

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Oak Fayre

26th-27th August 2017

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Stock Gaylard

Address: Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BG

Website: www.stockgaylard.com

Featuring over 200 exhibitors, the Heavy Horse Logger team, a birds of prey display, have-a-go archery, axe throwing, scarecrow making, tree climbing and zip wires for children and there’s a special...

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River Cottage Festival

26th-27th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 10pm

Venue: River Cottage

Address: Park Farm, Axminster, EX13 8TB

Website: www.rivercottage.net

Includes a jam-packed programme of music, masterclasses and festival fun! Featuring masterclasses, foraging, dancing, music and of course food! Choose to go for the day or the whole weekend. Under 16s...

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Pop in the Park at Crealy

27th-27th August 2017

Time: From 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

A poptastic Sunday with live music spots from exciting tribute acts Olly Murs, Madonna and Take That. Call 01395 233200.

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Chesil Seashore Scavengers

28th-28th August 2017

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Hunt for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases and other treasures blown in from the Atlantic. Call 01305 206191.

Theatre & Cinema

Dinosaur World

28th-29th August 2017

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new for show all the family. Join the intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing...

Step back in time at Poole Museum

28th-29th August 2017

Time: 11am - 3pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Website: http://www.poolemuseum.co.uk/

Step back in time every Monday and Tuesday throughout August with our free historically themed activities. Between 11am and 3pm an experienced team of activity leaders and re-enactors will be demonstrating...

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Fireman Sam visits Adventure Wonderland

29th-29th August 2017

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Fireman Sam is travelling from his home town, Pontypandy, to meet and greet his many fans at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:45. So make sure to take a camera!

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Stargazing

29th-29th August 2017

Time: 9.30pm to 11pm

Venue: Trinity Hill Road

Address: Axminster, EX13 5SS

Website: www.wildeastdevon.co.uk

Discover the wonders of the night sky at Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve and enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn around the campfire. Booking required. Cost: £4 per person.

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Spectacular Spiders

30th-30th August 2017

Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Make a wildlife inspired piece of artwork using the spider theme, then play some fun games. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

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Bournemouth Air Festival

31st August-3rd September 2017

Venue: Bournemouth

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Four days of spectacular aerial displays in the skies above Bournemouth. From jets to battleships. The Red Arrows have been confirmed for three days. Plus, the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team and...

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

31st-31st August 2017

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Durlston Learning Centre

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Make a kite at the centre then test it outside afterwards. Cost: £5. Booking essential. Please mention Primary Times when ringing. Call 01929 424443.

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Pond Predators

1st-1st September 2017

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Discover who eats who and their amazing adaptations to the underwater world of the ponds at Lorton Meadows. Booking essential. Call 01305 816546.

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Dorset County Show

2nd-3rd September 2017

Venue: Dorchester Showground

Address: Dorchester, DT1 1NF

Website: www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Showcasing Dorset’s rural life. Featuring a Heavy Horse Village, farming displays, main ring entertainment and much more.

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